HippopoThames arrives at Nine Elms


Barratt London proudly sponsored the Mayor of London’s month-long Totally Thames Festival, along with the commissioning of Nine Elms’ newest resident – HippopoThames.

Totally Thames took place right across September; a new festival of arts, cultural and river events along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London. Launching the inaugural Totally Thames season, the endearing floating art installation HippopoThames arrived at Nine Elms on the South Bank on 2 September, glancing up admiringly at an array of iconic London landmarks. HippopoThames was commissioned by Thames Festival Trust with the Mayor of London, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, Wanda One (UK) and Vauxhall One; with support from many contributors from the Nine Elms regeneration area, including Barratt London.

HippopoThames, created by renowned artist Florentijin Hofman, has spent the past month floating from Nine Elms past a number of iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament.

Hofman is known for scaled-up sculptures such as ‘Rubber Duck’, which has travelled to several major cities since 2007, including Auckland, New Zealand and Osaka, Japan. Hofman’s sculptures often originate from everyday objects, but the design of Hofman’s UK commission has been inspired by the foreshore and fascinating prehistory of the River Thames, where hippos once wallowed. No, really.

Barratt London showed support of the river and its communities - which we’re actively involved in through our Nine Elms Point development - by helping bring London’s only river-focused multi-arts festival to the area. The event was enjoyed by over 2.7 million people who attended over 170 river-related events in September.

To watch the creation of the HippopoThames video click here: HippopoThames teaser trailer